One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A judicial writ issued as a command to an inferior court or ordering a person to perform a public or statutory duty.‘a writ of mandamus’
- ‘A writ of mandamus was sought and granted by the High Court.’
- ‘The same would apply if an order of mandamus were made.’
- ‘Nonetheless I think that it is preferable to remit the question to him rather than to grant an order of mandamus requiring the Commissioner to grant leave.’
- ‘Because if one is speaking about prohibition and mandamus, prohibition and mandamus are concerned with duties.’
- ‘No error of law has been shown that would attract the writ of mandamus.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin, literally ‘we command’.
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